Project Delivery

PDWG EFCOG February 2017 Meeting Minutes and March 2017 Project Management/Controls Workshop


The Project Delivery Working Group (PDWG) is chartered to leverage the expertise and experience of DOE’s contractors to address challenges and achieve improvements in project delivery across the complex. The PDWG’s purpose is to seek out, promote, and share the best practices and processes for successful project delivery at DOE facilities. This will be achieved through contractor subject matter experts and professionals from across the complex, working together and in partnership with DOE to strengthen and advance the development, management, and delivery of projects (and project-like activities) in support of DOE missions. The PDWG’s portfolio includes those broad-based, interrelated elements across the project lifecycle critical to successful delivery. Areas of focus include:

  • Acquisition strategy and planning
  • Earned value management
  • Cost estimating and scheduling
  • Management of complex projects
  • Integration of safety into the design process and other technical processes
  • Contract alignment and incentives
  • Start-up and commissioning


Upcoming Events

Startup, Testing & Commissioning Meeting will take place at on 09/12/2017 - 09/14/2017 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm




Robert (Bob) Miklos

Chair Idaho National Laboratory Home P.O. Box 1625 Idaho Falls ID 83415 Work Phone: (208) 533-7760

Rick M Millikin

Vice Chair CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation CompanyVP, Strategic Planning and Project Controls Work P.O. Box 1600 MS R2-50 Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509)373-5892 Cell Phone: (509)308-9565

Craig T Hewitt

Co-Working Group Coordinator CH2MHILL Plateau Remediation Company Work PO Box 1600 Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509) 376-5790 Cell Phone: (509) 308-2277

Betsy Schmidt Chase

Co-Working Group Coordinator TwentyEighty Strategy Execution Work 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 200 Arlington VA 22203 United States Work Phone: (703) 558-3143 Cell Phone: (703) 407-7707
Program/Office Location (field site) Contractor
Arlington, VA Yes

EFCOG Sponsoring Directors

Lori W. Baker

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Director Bechtel Waste Treatment and Immobilization PlantBusiness Services Manager Work 2435 Stevens Center Place, MS14-38 Richland WA 99354 Work Phone: (509) 371-5860 Cell Phone: (865) 712-8453

Lori Baker has more than 25 years of project management and contract administration
experience, including more than 20 years with Bechtel.

Lori serves as Manager of Business Services at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization
Plant (WTP) Project in Richland, Washington. In this position, she oversees the Prime
Contract, Controller, Human Resources, Information Systems and Technology, Office and
Facilities Services, and Six Sigma organizations. She is responsible for ensuring
regulatory adequacy for all WTP business functions and activities. Lori currently is the
Bechtel senior official leading the renegotiation of the WTP contract with the Department
of Energy (DOE).

Before joining WTP in 2011, Lori served as the Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) Functional
Manager of Procurement and Subcontracts in Frederick, Maryland, where she was
responsible for BNI purchasing systems and personnel performance across all BNI
government business. She previously held positions as the Procurement and
Subcontracts Manager for Bechtel at government sites, including the Department of
Defense’s Blue Grass Chemical Demilitarization Project in Richmond, Kentucky, and
DOE’s Accelerated Cleanup Project at the K-25 site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Lori served on the Procurement Evaluation and Re-Engineering Team (PERT) for two
years and conducted procurement reviews at the Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, and the Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Project. She also held key management positions for Bechtel commercial
projects in the Power, Telecommunications, and Oil, Gas, and Chemical business units.

Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Tennessee
Technological University and has earned numerous certificates in leadership, contracting,
and project management, including her Bechtel Certification as a Level 3 Procurement
Manager. She also is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Champion.

Linda E. Kobel

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Director Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc.President & CEO Work 185 Lafayette Drive Oak Ridge TN 37830 United States Work Phone: (865) 481-3203 Cell Phone: (770) 364-0336

As Vice President and General Manager, Linda Kobel leads LATA-Sharp Remediation Services, LLC (LSRS), providing a unique blend of operations management, financial management and business development to the government (both DOE and DOD) and commercial industries.  LSRS is the  field execution arm of Los Alamos Technical Associates, one of the most successful small businesses in the DOE/NNSA environmental remediation services field, having performed over one billion dollars in environmental projects over the last 5 years alone.

With a strong knowledge of operations and financial management functions at the Department of Energy as well as both nuclear and fossil plant sites, she has an exceptional understanding of planning, integration and risk management required to maximize project success. In addition to leading LSRS, Ms. Kobel provides leadership, mentoring and oversight of LATA’s DOE portfolio, which currently represents over $450M in contract value and has managed the full spectrum of business services for two large DOE sites (Portsmouth and Paducah).

Prior to joining LATA, Linda was the President of Enercon Federal Services where she integrated companywide government operations and sales including planning, budgeting, forecasting and revenue management with a focus on compliance and project integration. As a Senior Vice President for EnergySolutions, she was responsible for providing strategic business solutions for DOE contracts including serving in concurrent roles as Business Manager for both the Portsmouth Environmental Remediation and Uranium Disposition Services contracts. She achieved outstanding personal and team results early in her career during her tenure with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.

From 1994 to 2008, Ms. Kobel was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Co-Founder of Link Resources, Inc., a global operations and management company that provides senior consulting services and facility operations to fossil and nuclear utilities, health care, insurance, manufacturing, technology, government and non-profit sectors, as well as DOE operations at sites such as Hanford, Oak Ridge National Labs, and Idaho.  At Link Resources, Ms. Kobel provided due  diligence and transition services to the power plant industry where her entrepreneurial and business instincts; along with clarity of strategy and vision, contributed to multiple companies’ continued growth and success.

Her blend of “big business and small business” experience, coupled with her passion for linking people, processes, and operations and how strategic business solutions can improve company efficiencies qualifies her as a unique candidate for contributing to EFCOG’s mission of promoting excellence in DOE Operations.

Linda holds a BBA in Management from Kennesaw State University.

Susan G. Stiger

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Director Bechtel National, Inc. & Los Alamos National LaboratoryManager, Energy and Environment Work Bechtel National, Inc. 11831 W. Riverview Drive Post Falls ID 83854 United States Work Phone: (208) 757-7395 Cell Phone: (208) 757-7395

Susan Stiger has more than 35 years experience in the energy and environmental industries, primarily managing major projects and operations in nuclear facilities, waste management and environmental remediation. She led the environmental cleanup programs at the Idaho National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and at Rocky Flats. She has also held senior positions on DOE projects at Oak Ridge and Hanford. Currently, Susan provides operations oversight and strategic formulation for Bechtel National’s Department of Energy sector and serves as a senior corporate representative with DOE-HQ. Her experience directing complex technical projects in challenging political and regulatory environments has led to a focus on turning troubled projects and organizations into successful operations.

Ms. Stiger has been involved with EFCOG since 2004 and currently chairs the EM policy group. She holds an SB degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

DOE Liaison

Paul Bosco

DOE Liaison


Jim Bisker

DOE Sponsor

Steve Meador

DOE Sponsor SC-28 Work 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20585

Jack Surash

DOE Sponsor

DOE Field POCs

Mark R Arenaz

DOE Field Sponsor

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